Eastern Promises (2007)

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Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack, Jerzy Skolimowski


A midwife delivers an underage and dying teenage mother of her baby and discovers a diary, which tells of how the girl came to be the victim of Russian sex trafficking. At the same time, in an effort to get it translated she unwittingly stumbles upon the girl's wicked nemesis, a restaurateur with a peculiar son engaged in a vendetta of his own.

The Review

An exposé of the corrupt underbelly of contemporary London ultimately turns into a good thriller, and one with gripping performances and its director's own particular skill with poetically gruesome violence.